Breast lift or mastopexy
WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?
A breast lift or mastopexy is intended to reposition the breast and improve its shape. This is done by re-tightening the skin (excess skin is removed), remodelling the remaining mammary gland volume and returning the nipple to a normal position. Often, the diameter of the areola is also reduced.
Your medical history will be noted and a clinical examination of the breasts will be performed. Photographs will often be taken as well. You will be informed of the technique to be used and your expectations will be discussed. Sometimes a mastopexy has to be combined with a prosthesis in order to restore sufficient volume. If indicated, a mammogram will also be carried out pre-operatively.
There is a range of different techniques. In essence, excess skin will be removed and the skin envelope around the breast will be "tightened". A remodelling of the mammary gland tissue will also be performed. A breast lift can be combined with a prosthesis or lipofilling to add volume. Scars may be anchored or located around the areola.
- poor wound healing (smokers)
- reduced sensation in the breast or hypersensitivity
- skin problems due to poor circulation